Harper said very explicitly that he wants to pursue a religious demographic as part of the voter base, and has made direct attempts to appeal to them. This is exactly what the Republicans did starting with Reagan as well.I must have missed it.
What faith based policies did Harper bring in?
Were they "bad"?
Just like an islamist, (swapping the religion) Harper directly appealed to a fundamentalist Christian supporters to gain and preserve political power. There are a variety of policies this impacted, but it definitely played into his middle east warmongering policies, plus his not to subtle anti-Muslim policies.
The part I disagree with most firmly though was Harper's decision to directly appeal to very religious people and have their ideologies influence politicians. This is not what we're supposed to do in a secular country.
Absolutely, it's very bad stuff. Harper's aggressive middle east policies put Canada in harm's way, endangered our soldiers, resulted in over 100 deaths of our soldiers, resulted in Canada killing middle east civilians, weakened the rights & freedoms of citizens with Muslim backgrounds and even weakened the citizenship rights of many Canadians. In his final couple years, Harper basically became an unhinged Republican.
Trudeau immediately put an end to many of those policies. He not only promised to, but he reversed some of Harper's most disgusting policies as soon as he was elected.